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Officers have continued their engagement work with lorry drivers as they highlight the dangers of organised immigration crime.
Police officers worked with the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency to speak to lorry drivers who were using the M1 as part of their week of action tackling serious and organised crime.
Men, women and children of all ages and backgrounds can fall victim to organised immigration crime and officers spent time talking to lorry drivers about the dangers of the crime and what they can do if they have concerns.
DCI Nick Cobley, said: “We targeted lorries that had travelled into the country and were using our road networks, checking vehicles and speaking to the drivers about the risks associated with immigration crime.
“When we talk about people smuggling, we are talking about organised crime groups who are organising human trafficking and taking vast amounts of money from people.
“Locations such as this are places where lorry drivers may see suspicious activity or people getting out of lorries and we urge them to report those incidents to us.”
Anyone with concerns about organised immigration crime can call police on 999 if a crime is taking place, 101 if it’s not an emergency or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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